Monthly Archives: July 2016

Decatur, Georgia – Nearly Perfect Place to Live!

Arts Festival in Decatur

If you had a dream hometown, it might be a place like Decatur, Georgia!  Decatur has so much to offer as a small city just a eight miles from Atlanta - convenience, frequent social activities, great shopping and incredible restaurants.

Homes in Decatur are in demand and sell very quickly.  Even rental properties here are at a premium.  Everyone who can possibly afford to wants to live in this lively small town for a variety of reasons.

Near the top of the list of reasons to live here would be the top-notch Decatur School System, Fire Department and Police Department. Being able to walk to breakfast, or dinner without getting in your car, or shopping at the local Farmer's Market, or the upscale shops along Main Street all come to mind.

 Decatur has been named one of the best small cities in the country, and one of the most "walkable" cities in the Nation by several publications. Special events are scheduled throughout the year, including special shopping hours during the holidays, Christmas House Tours, a popular Book Convention, Concerts on the Square during weekday lunch hours, the annual Decatur Arts Festival, a Beach Party with real sand, and too many other occasions to mention.

Decatur is only 2.5 miles to Emory University, Emory Hospital, Eggleston Children's Hospital and the Center for Disease Control.

Who wouldn't want to live in this dynamic small city?  Consider making Decatur your new hometown!

Decatur event with tables

Lively Decatur Event near the Courthouse!

Busy street scene in Decatur

Street scene from one of the many events held each year in Decatur!

View of one of Decatur's outdoor eating places

Busy downtown Decatur street scene!

Hot Atlanta! How to Survive an Atlanta Summer

Wooden fence and arbor

According to Weather.Com and Current Results,  a website that publishes weather and science facts,  Atlanta has an average summer temperature of 89.4 F!  It often feels much higher, but the temperature doesn’t often reach into the 100’s here, although highs in the 90’s can occur from May to September.

Atlanta has an average of 217 sunny or partly sunny days during the year, but the summer months are often unbearably hot and uncomfortable.  Before air-conditioning,  Atlanta homeowners kept their homes darkened, with heavy drapes covering the windows to keep the hot air from the house during the day, and they opened windows in the evening for a possible breeze.  Atlantans are much cooler these days as our Atlanta homes, cars and work places are all comfortably air-conditioned.

Here are a few ways to survive those really hot days:

  • Try to avoid being outside as much as possible, unless you are at the pool.
  • Mow your lawn and water your plants early in the day before the worst heat.
  • If you do have to be out, try to avoid the peak hours between 11am-2 pm
  • Apply  sunscreen 30 minutes prior to exposure, preferably 15 SPF
  • Wear a hat and encourage your children to wear one too
  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water throughout the day

Some Pool Safety Tips:

  • Avoid swimming if you are tired or just eaten
  • Don’t swim by yourself
  • Don’t leave children unsupervised – even with a lifeguard present
  • Stay out of the pool during lightening

Enjoy your Atlanta Summer and stay safe!



Changes to Neighborhoods in Decatur and near Emory University!

Historic Druid Hills white house with blue trim and white picket fence

When I began selling homes in the Emory and Decatur neighborhoods back in the early 1980’s, it was a rather settled and somewhat stodgy environment.

1930’s – 1940’s

Families had moved to the area in the late 1930’s or 1940’s when much of the area was developed.  Smaller bungalow style homes were created in neighborhoods like Emory Grove, Great Lakes, and Glendale Estates.

The original owners bought what they could afford in a new area where many of the streets were still unpaved.  In a few years, the area was full of young children, who played together and grew up together on the same streets.  Everyone knew their neighbors, their children and their pets.  Garden Clubs were formed and play areas were established.

It’s hard to image what North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard might have been like in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but several owners reminisced about walking to the Drugstore in Emory Village or catching the streetcar to downtown Atlanta.  The area was nearly country then, slow-paced and sleepy with dusty streets.

It was a safe haven for everyone and a great place to live.

1950’s – 1960’s

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, developers began building new brick ranch homes in the area. Neighborhoods like Clairmont Heights, Leafmore Estates, Sagamore Hills, and Medlock Park area were formed.

1980’s – 2000

By the 1980’s, the children in these neighborhoods had grown up and mostly  moved away from the area.  It was still a tight knit community, but the original owners were growing older and beginning to make changes.  Their homes needed repairs and their yards needed to be maintained, but often there was no-one around to do the work.  There were a number of widows now on each street, and there were few children.

At that time not many homes came on the market in these neighborhoods because no-one ever moved.  Then, slowly, one or two homes on a street would become available as owners passed away or made a decision to move closer to family.

During the mid-1980’s, the composition of the area began to change from older inhabitants to younger families.  Now younger couples began to purchase homes as they became available.  Within 5-10 years, the streets around Emory and in Decatur were teeming with young children again and the cycle had come full circle.  Now, another generation are raising their families and growing old in the area.

Homes did change ownership more frequently during this period than in the past when owners worked at the same company for 30-40 years and then retired.  Individuals no longer worked for one company, but changed jobs from time to time and often locations.

Present Day

Today, many owners in Decatur and near Emory work at Emory University or Emory Hospital, which is the largest employer in DeKalb County.  Others work at the Center for Disease Control or the American Red Cross.  Decatur is the judicial center for DeKalb County and many work in the Court System there.  The area is close to downtown Atlanta, major shopping centers and handy to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.

Now Emory Village is sleek and modern, featuring a well-designed roundabout, inviting restaurants and shops.

Downtown Decatur is updated and vibrant with new condo complexes, upscale restaurants and shops.  Decatur has been named one of the most “walkable” cities in the country  and one of the top places to live in the Nation.

There have been so many changes in the area during this period – mostly good constructive ones – some more restrictive, like the increased traffic along North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard!

Perhaps I’m biased in my opinion, but I believe there is still no better location in Metropolitan Atlanta to live than near Emory University or Decatur!